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Antique tractor auction expected to draw crowd as family sells off late father's unique collection

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Steve Mead, of Kent City, Mich., looks at tractors that belonged to the late Sherwood "Red" Casterline in Ensley, Mich. Arlene Culver beamed as she surveyed the farmyard lined with 72 antique tractors, old engines and other rusted farm equipment collected by her late father, Sherwood "Red" Casterline. On Saturday, hundreds of antique farm equipment buffs from as far away as Texas will gather for an auction to sell off the rare tractors and engines Culver's father dragged home one by one over 50 years of collecting.

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Sherwood "Red" Casterline, right, died two years ago at age 92. His antique tractor collection goes on the auction block Saturday.

As the Grand Rapids Press reports:

For the parade of curiosity seekers and tractor buffs stopping by the farm at Algoma Avenue and 22 Mile Road, the collection offers a rare look into the world of farming whose time has passed.

There's the rare 1934 Plymouth tractor, one of about 200 made before Chrysler Corp. sued and forced the company to change its name to Silver King. There are four Silver Kings on the yard, too.

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An antique CoOp wide fry orchard tractor that is part of the late Sherwood "Red" Casterline's tractor collection is seen in Ensley, Mich.

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Carolyn Forrest, 11, and her brother, Nicholas Forrest, 10, look at a 1947 Pontiac that belonged to the late Sherwood "Red" Casterline in Ensley, Mich.